ESS vs LAN Dream11 : North Group’s winners Lancashire face off against South Group’s fourth placed Essex Eagles in the opening quarter-final of the Vitality Blast
With the group stage matches of the Vitality Blast done and dusted, the action in the league now shifts to the quarter-finals with the top 4 sides from the North and South Group locking heads against each other. And beginning proceedings will be North Group toppers Lancashire Lightning who square off against Essex Eagles from South Group as either vie for a spot in the semi-finals.
For Lancashire Lighting, the group stage clashes of the Vitality Blast couldn’t have transpired in a better manner. The best side in not just their group but across all the 18 participating sides in the 2019 edition of the marquee league, the outfit were on the losing side of things on just two occasions, registering an incredible 8 wins to finish with 20 points.
And there culminating North Group encounter perfectly emphasises the complete nature of the side and their stellar stature as title contenders with the side prevailing in tricky batting conditions. Needing143 to win against Leicestershire Foxes, regular contributions from the entire batting order saw the side put on partnerships across the board to complete a successful run chase by 5 wickets.
Elsewhere, needing a win to progress to the quarter-finals of the Vitality Blast on the closing day of the group stage matches, Essex Eagles made one final successful bid as they got the better of Kent Spitfires by 10 runs. In what was in incredible batting effort by the side, they ended up piling on 189, a hefty total which was just about enough to see them end in fourth place ahead of Kent and overturn what was an otherwise dismal outing in South Group.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
One of the most sluggish, slow and tedious wicket for batting in the marquee league, the added eventuality of rain is only going to add to the treacherous nature of the surface. With rain likely either prior to or during the clash, we might see overs being reduced in this clash but should have a result today with enough overs being played out.
Incase rain stays away completely, the side winning the toss will be looking to bat first but in the circumstances of us having rainfall, the team winning the toss will head out with an agenda of chasing.
Probable Playing 11
Liam Livingstone, Alex Davies, Steven Croft, Glenn Maxwell, Dane Vilas (C), Josh Bohannon, Keaton Jennings, James Faulkner, Saqib Mahmood, Richard Gleeson, Matt Parkinson
Cameron Delport, Tom Westley, Adam Wheater (WK), Dan Lawrence, Ryan ten Doeschate, Ravi Bopara, Paul Walter, Simon Harmer (C), Jamie Porter, Adam Zampa, Aaron Beard
ESS vs LAN Match Prediction
What serves Lancashire fruitfully in this clash is n only the fact that they are in pristine form but also the immense depth they come packed with in their batting order. On a wicket where batting will be immensely tough, the clamour for hoarding up runs will see them outshine their opponents and seal a win to make it to the semi-finals.
Match: Lancashire Lightning vs Essex Eagles
Date And Time: 4th September, Wednesday- 11:30pm IST
Venue: Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street
Where To Watch: FanCode
- Liam Livingstone, Alex Davies, Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson
- Cameron Delport, Tom Westley, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Zampa
Top 4 Batting Order
- Liam Livingstone, Alex Davies, Steven Croft, Glenn Maxwell
- Cameron Delport, Tom Westley, Adam Wheater, Dan Lawrence
- Liam Livingstone, Dane Vilas
- Cameron Delport, Tom Westley
Death Overs Bowlers
- Richard Gleeson, Matt Parkinson
- Jamie Porter, Aaron Beard
ESS vs LAN Dream11 Wicket-Keeper
Although Adam Wheater comes in to bat in the number three position for Kent, we have still decided to venture in with his counterpart, Dane Vilas for this clash. The Lancashire wicket-keeper is a steady bat, someone who can not only keep his intent in check but also open his arms as per the needs of the encounter and put on vital runs for his side.
ESS vs LAN Dream11 Batsmen
With 28 runs in 20 balls in the previous clash, Lancashire Lightning’s Liam Livingstone once again came up with a neat innings for his side, something he’s done all across his stay in the league. The team’s top scorer, the opener has provided the side with the perfect foundation construct from, making him the first player to be incurred into our Dream 11 side.
On the other hand from Essex Eagles we have gotten in Cameron Delport after his destructive outing in the side’s previous clash. His 64 runs in 29 balls saw him hit 5 sixes and fours apiece, a devastating piece of batting which took his side to a colossal score. Dan Lawrence at number 4 will be accompanying him for this particular clash.
ESS vs LAN Dream11 All-Rounders
With 47 runs with the bat and the two wickets against Kent Spitfires, we have selected Ravi Bopara from Essex as the first player in this facet of our side. Today’s pitch will see him get enough overs with the bat and with him sure of bowling the four overs as well, he bears the perfect identity of an all-rounder we scour for in any T20 match.
On the other hand we have roped in an entre trivalent of picks from the bedlam of Lancashire in the form of Steven Croft, James Faulkner and Glenn Maxwell. Maxwell scored 29 runs with the bat and took the one wicket in the last clash and with this surface going to massively favour the spinner, he’s bound to snare up a rich haul.
ESS vs LAN Dream11 Bowling Order
A wicket to wicket spell of 2-26 in the side’s closing group stage match sees legspinner Matt Parkinson from Lancashire become an instant pick for us. He’s been the outfits most successful bowler, using his versatile skill set to mix up the deliveries and send them down in the right channels, getting the ball to turn squarely. With Essex lined up with right handers, he’s going to perturb them immensely and pepper them with ominous deliveries.
Elsewhere from Essex we have chosen Simon Harmer and Jamie Porter with Porter’s spell of 3-28 stifling Kent’s run chase to make it this far.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Liam is our side’s captain for this clash while we are going ahead with Maxwell as the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.